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The Letters

  • Jason Thompson
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Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Abstract

This chapter presents Queen Caroline’s letters and relevant associated correspondence with Sir William Gell. Written in her idiomatic English, they begin in Italy February 1815, when Gell left her service as her chamberlain, and continue into 1821, following Caroline’s sensational trial before the House of Lords, at which Gell gave crucial testimony. Quirky, pathetic, and touching by turn, Caroline’s letters to Gell show how she sought to transcend the limitations of education and status that were imposed on her. The letters illuminate many passages in Caroline’s adventurous and controversial career, especially her relationship with her husband, George IV. They also reveal Caroline’s genuine interest in scholarship that resulted in her patronage of Gell’s important archaeological work in Italy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason Thompson
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  1. 1.Copper HillUSA

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